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“What!!...the Great Migration in early May?!!..How lucky are we!”

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Singita Sabora Tented Camp
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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“What!!...the Great Migration in early May?!!..How lucky are we!”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

After honeymooning in Singita Lebombo back in 2009 and being blown away, we decided to celebrate our 5 year anniversary at another Singita property and boy are we glad we chose the Grumeti Reserve property. Our visit was in early May and we stayed 2 nights at Sabora and 2 nights at Faru Faru and we visited Sasakwa for lunch on our last day.

Let me just say that neither words nor pictures would do this magical place justice. It is by far the most amazing place I've ever been to in my life. From the service to the décor, the cuisine, the architecture, the game drives...etc...no one does it like Singita.

Sabora Tented Camp:

Each lodge was unique and different from the other. Sabora Tented Camp are 9 luxuriously decorated tents that calling them “tents” is an understatement, yet rugged and wild that maintains the feeling of being right in the middle of the bush. We were in tent #9 which is the last tent to the left of the reception area. Even though we had a corner tent, we felt that all tents here are adequately separated from each other to provide total privacy and having the same view of the Sabora plains. Being situated at ground level in the middle of the Sabora plains you get to see the game right in front the tents deck. We saw Giraffes, Impalas, Buffalos, Wildebeests, even a Cheetah on one occasion drinking from the pond in front of the camp. At night you sleep to the sound of all kinds of insects, frogs, hyenas whooping, lions roaring, and I was told in some cases buffalos getting right up to the tent and rubbing their horns on the side of the tent. Yes it is that wild. We didn’t expect it to be this wild. It is so wild that there’s a night shift security guy scanning the plains with a flashlight all night long. Did I mention it was wild! Nevertheless, these sounds were music to my ears and I slept like a baby but drove the fear into my wife that she couldn’t sleep for two nights! I even caught her in the middle of the night Googling “Security at Sabora Camp” Hahahaha!! The staff here were great and made us feel right at home from the moment we arrived. On our anniversary, we were given a surprise candle lit dinner in front of our tent. The whole area was decorated with candles, lanterns and a bonfire pit. It was beautiful. Thank you to camp manager Wilson, Grace, Apollo, the rest of the staff and of course the Chef for the delicious cuisines and especially the Arabic mezza he prepared us.

Faru Faru Lodge:

After two nights at Sabora (and to my wife’s relief hehehe!) we moved to Faru Faru which was more of a modern/chic boutique lodge. Some of the décor and feel reminded me a lot of Lebombo lodge in South Africa. Unlike Sabora, the lodge is situated on a hill giving an elevated view of the river and the reserve. We were in room #4 which is the first room to the right of the reception area. The rooms to the right (#1 to #4) face the two manmade ponds which sees a lot of game coming in for a drink. The rooms to the left of the reception area (#5 and above) get a beautiful view of the Grumeti river. My advice is since you will be spending most of your time at the reception/pool/restaurant area which gets a view of the same pond that rooms 1 to 4 gets and does not get a direct view of the river like rooms 5 and above, then I would suggest requesting a room to the left so you get to experience the view of the Grumeti river. This way you’re not missing out. We visited Room #7 and the view was amazing (Check the pics to see the difference between the two room views). A special thanks to Amiri, Madeline and the rest of the staff at Faru Faru.

Sasakwa Lodge:

On our last day Madeline, lodge manager at Faru Faru suggested that we visit Sasakwa lodge to get to see the place before we depart. So on our way to the airstrip we stopped there for lunch. The first impression you get is a sense of grandeur and opulence. Sasakwa is situated right on top of the highest hill in the area giving a breathtaking view of the Grumeti/Serengeti. Only here would you really appreciate the vastness of the Serengeti plains. No pictures or words can do it justice. Upon arrival we were received by the lodge manger and taken on a tour of the property. All rooms have the same elevated view of the plains. Rooms also have private outdoor plunge pools to enjoy the view. The overall décor had a colonial feel to it. I felt like I was inside in an Ernest Hemingway novel. It should be mentioned that with the different categories of rooms, Sasakwa is ideal to accommodate families. Also the place has a fully equipped gym, several boutique/souvenir shops, spa, etc. Anything you want they have it here. Still, unless you experience it you won’t be able to imagine the majesty and luxury of this place.

The Game Drives (applies to all properties):

The game drives were like nothing we imagined. Having already experienced safaris in the Kruger National Park we had a certain level of expectation but we were blown away with the amount and quality of game you see here and how vast the Grumeti/Serengeti area is. Our guide Anthony was simply awesome. His knowledge of the area and the animals was tremendous and his energy and passion as a guide is second to none. He took us on a game drive a soon as we arrived at the Singita airstrip even before checking in, to go and try to spot a leopard and within 40 minutes we found a beautiful male leopard resting up a tree.

The amount of animals you see here at the Grumeti Reserve is truly amazing. At one spot I looked around by doing a 360 degree turn and saw a journey of giraffes, a couple hyenas, impalas, topi, ostriches running, a herd of buffalo, jackals in the distance, and a family of warthogs. During our stay we also had four sightings of cheetahs, a mother with 3 cubs, 2 sightings of a single male, and a mother with a single cub that made a baby impala kill in front of us!! We also saw two factions of the Nyasirori lion pride. Apparently this pride had split up due to competition over food and to protect the cubs. One pride had 3 females and 7 cubs and the breakaway pride had 4 females and 10 younger cubs.

Unfortunately, one thing to note about the Grumeti Reserve that there are no Rhinos. Sadly they all have been hunted and poached out over the decades prior to Singita taking over management of the land. So don’t expect to see Rhinos.

The biggest surprise was that the famous wildebeest migration which usually starts arriving at the Grumeti by mid-June started coming in early May (May 2nd to be exact)…six weeks early!! And within the next couple of days the whole area was covered with wildebeest. When I booked this trip I was a bit sad that I was sure we were going to miss the migration by a few weeks, so you can imagine our astonishment to unexpectedly experience this phenomenon. What a bonus that was!!

Visiting during the low season (Long-Rains):

Don’t even hesitate to consider going during the low season AKA “Long-Rains”. The lodges have a minimal number guests and most likely you’ll be the only ones in the Land Rover. We had the liberty to choose when to leave for game drives. Typically you’re off at 6 am and back for breakfast at around 9:30. But one morning we opted to have a breakfast first and left a bit later and didn’t return until lunchtime. At Sabora there were only two occupied tents…us and another couple of ladies. Faru Faru had more guests the day we arrived but they all checked out the next and were the only ones at the lodge. I don’t even recall seeing any guests at Sasakwa either. Not sure if this is a good thing cuz we like to meet people and share our safari stories with them. But if you’re looking for extra privacy then consider the low season. We saw Bill Gates’ signature in the guestbook and came find out that he once booked the entire Sabora Camp for himself…we had the same experience by booking only one room hehehe!!! Also in terms of game viewing we saw everything we wanted to see…lions, cheetahs, a leopard, Buffalos, Kori Bustard, elephants and much much more, so you won’t miss out.

We expected it be wet most of the time but the area has been experiencing unusual dry weather, which might explain why the migration arrived early. We didn’t have a single drop of rain during our stay. Not sure if this was a good thing…I’m sure the land needed the rain but we had the most beautiful sunny and partially cloudy blue skies. I even had a deeper tan than the one I got in the Maldives!! But I believe we were lucky with the weather to be honest.

In Conclusion:

To wrap up this long review, I just want to say that I would not recommend one lodge over the other. They are all different and equally as beautiful and spectacular in their own way. It all depends on taste. If you want to have a unique experience and be in the middle of the action then Sabora is for you. If you’re looking for a trendy and comfy lodge then Faru Faru should be your choice. Sasakwa in my opinion is for the older generation and families. Best of all do what we did and visit all three.

Singita, you touch the earth lightly and touched our hearts greatly…we will return!

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Reviewed 14 July 2014

I don't know how to begin to describe our experience at Singita Sabora…It is everything that one expects from a truly indulgent bush experience. Tastefully appointed tent filled with antiques, huge 4 poster bed and bathtub with views, also come with a private deck and a day bed to feel the wilderness in complete privacy. You can sense pride in every team member's gesture at Sabora, by the subtle ways they take care of your every impulse and indulgence. Especially the fabulous Jackie with her gregarious laugh at any hour! As I am afraid of Geckos, she psyched the whole team to make sure I do not get a close encounter with one! To the extent, once she even inspected the wash room in the dining area before I could use, to make sure that there are no chance encounters. (You have to go prepared, you are in the wilderness and there will be bugs/creatures showing up within close proximity every now and then)

So what even if we had a hiccup or two. (On our first night we had some plumbing issues in the tent, which were attended promptly and apologetically even at the late hour of 11 pm., and may I remind you that this is a very remote destination) The setting and the staff were so amazing, that the endless plains and endless hospitality is all that you will be drawn to.

Of course abundant wildlife is what you can expect but driving you to distances so you can spot the herds of wildebeest that have already passed the camp area is what made us love our guide Francis more :) We learnt so much about the bush life from him.

Wilson and Sadiq went out of their way to arrange for my architect husband to see the other Singita lodges on the reserve. (Glad we visited other lodges, made us love Singita Sabora even more)

Thank you Singita Sabora team for such a memorable experience…and because of that, Sabora has become our favorite spot.

Room Tip: We stayed in Tent 9 and that is the farthest from the common area. But also the most private.
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

This is really one of the best places in the world to stay. We utilized two of Singita's properties during our stay (the Tented Camp in addition to the Lodge) both were perfect in every way. The staff was amazing, as our family having one person assigned just to us for anything we could imagine. The managers were all wonderful, friendly, and anticipated anything we could have needed or wanted. The Tents were very cool and the beds extremely comfortable, which helped ward off the very strange Malaria meds inducted dreams one can get. The food was perfect and dining in different locations around the camp only added to the uniqueness and memorableness of the experience. Our ranger was also beyond wonderful having found us the 'big 5' in addition to countless other unique animals.

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

After three nights at Sasakwa lodge, one of the two other Singita properties in Tanzania (and a place we also LOVED), my husband and I ended our honeymoon with three nights at Sabora.

Unfortunately, words and pictures cannot convey how truly amazing Sabora is. Sabora is literally right in the middle of a plain in the Serengeti -- when staying there you cannot help but feel like you are in the middle of the action. (I could go on and on about the game we saw on safari here -- incredible).

When we walked in, we were met by Wilson, Sabora's manager, and our waitress for our stay, Jaki. After sharing a drink, we were shown to our tent. I use the term "tent" loosely -- with a full bathroom, including outdoor shower and bath, carpets, huge four poster bed and antique furnishings, our tent was nicer than most apartments. The tent opens onto a private deck, with a daybed below perfect for watching the zebra and impala who really do walk right into camp.

The staff at Sabora are what really make this a magical place. Wilson is wonderful to get to know, and Jaki -- not to mention all of the other staff -- made us feel so comfortable and welcome. The food was delicious, the spa (a massage in the middle of the Serengeti!) was delightful, and there are not enough good things I can say about Ray, our guide while at both Sabora and Sasakwa. There is a real sense of family at Sabora, from the campfires before dinner to just getting to know the people who work there.

On our last night -- also the last night of our honeymoon -- Wilson and Jaki surprised us with a private dinner at our tent, complete with our own bonfire, candles, the works. That in and of itself was wonderful, but the thought and care that everyone at Sabora gave to making our honeymoon special is what sets Sabora apart.

I hope to be back at Sabora someday -- if you can go experience this place, please do!

Room Tip: Tents 1, 8, and 9 are individual tents and offer more privacy. Tents 2/3, 4/5, and 6/7 are more sui...
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Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

To experience the feeling of a tented safari with ultimate luxury, Sabora can not be beat. Fabulous service, food, and accommodations. Truly amazing. We visited several lodges and permanent camps in Tanzania, and Sabora was simply the best. The staff try very hard to please. The house wines were good. And the safari game drives were fabulous.

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Reviewed 14 June 2014

Spent half of a 6 day trip to the Serengeti at Singita Sabora (the other half at Singita Sasakwa). The Sabora camp was very nice-well sized tents, with creative period furnishings that other reviewers have described well. Its setting, smack in the middle of the plains, was great. Game drives were excellent and made even better by the camp's location, which allows for game viewing as soon as each drive begins. The food was generally good, but perhaps a little lacking in creativity and variation. Service was very caring and attentive. Tent was air conditioned, but challenged by open mesh enclosures, making for some very warm afternoons. Chairs in room were very nice to look at, but not very comfortable to sit in, making the bed the only real option for reading a book or relaxing inside. There is an outdoor seating area and day bed, but flies can be a nuisance during the afternoon. Comparisons between the two camps, Sabora and Sasakwa are a matter of personal taste and preferences. Ours definitely leaned in favor of Sasakwa.

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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Part of Singita's Grumeti reserve, Sabora are basically very comfortable tents smack in the middle of the plains. Animals come very, very close to the tents. The resulting atmosphere is really fantastic. Compared to the other Singita properties here, I would give a small edge to Faru Faru, that has better rooms, but Sabora is still a fantastic experience where you feel right in the middle of it. The tents are air conditioned and very well appointed. The food was very good, but again slightly below Faru.

For a review of the game viewing, service and guides, please see my Faru Faru review.

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Property: Singita Sabora Tented Camp
Address: Grumeti Reserves, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
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Region: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
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Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Hotel Class:5 star — Singita Sabora Tented Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 6
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